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I will be in the Speyside region for a couple of days mainly exploring whisky distilleries, I will have a car and a sober driver, I'm just looking for a nice town to stay in for a couple of days.

Ideally a smaller town with budget accommodation and some picturesque scenery.

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I went to replace your "picaresque" with "picturesque" and wondered why spell check didn't complain. Who knew it's a real word? But still changed it, as I presume you didn't mean scenery from satirical fiction. ;) –  Mark Mayo Mar 12 '12 at 18:55
Visiting distilleries in a car with a sober driver. Oy! :) –  Karlson Mar 12 '12 at 18:56
@MarkMayo probably shouldn't write a question on stack while raging at the bank to unlock my credit card for the second time in one day ;) –  Stuart Mar 13 '12 at 10:03

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I would suggest Dufftown, Aberlour or Rothes for your stay. You can start your tour from the north - Glen Moray in Elgin or Strathisla in Keith and follow the river south. Most of the distilleries are around these three towns.

In case if you are planning your tour in May - keep an eye on the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 3rd to 7th May 2012

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I just noticed the Whisky festival sadly I'll be arriving on the 11th or 12 of the May. –  Stuart Mar 13 '12 at 14:43
I love that there's a place called Dufftown... –  Mark Mayo Mar 13 '12 at 23:18
I actually stayed in Dufftown. –  Stuart May 22 '12 at 15:27

Having just spent a wee bit of time there this weekend on my way back from a highland wedding I can recommend Grantown on Spey as a central location to visit distilleries as well as being close to Tomintoul, Glenshee and the Lecht if you want scenic views. Boat of Garten is close as well - a huge RSPB osprey reserve.

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I think that you should rethink the duration of your trip and a sober driver.

Found the Greater Speyside website which has some excellent suggestions on what to see and some accommodations. I think you should start at the list of distilleries you would like to visit and then look at the road maps to see what would be the best place to stay. As there are a lot of possible things to see.

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